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This pretty much sums up EVERY anti-wolf argument I've read so far: "Oh boy, elk are in danger of going extinct thanks to the CANADIAN wolves! Because the Canadian wolf (if we give it a special name) suddenly becomes *drastically* genetically different from wolves just below a border that didn't exist for centuries! Better listen to me, cuz I'm a 5th generation Idahoan (or Montanan) and I'm part native american (sure you are)! Those wolves, you don't realize how brutal they can be, and if you did, you'd suddenly start supporting psychotic killing contests! You've never lived around wolves, do you want some in your neighborhood (as a sport hunter or rancher, the creme de la creme, my biased view trumps all)! If you have any regard whatsoever for a wild animal such as a wolf, you must be a liberal! Look at what wolves can do to other animals, that should give sport hunters an excuse to gun down whatever they want, wherever they want, in total cold blood, for the sheer pleasure of it!" All narrow minded, circular logic.
Not suprisingly, people who have had the worst problem with wolves throughout human history are those in direct competition with them: ranchers/livestock owners and the subpopulation of sport hunters who like to kill for the sheer pleasure of it; that has pretty much been it, no matter how many centuries you go back. All apex predators are brutal and appear bloodthirsty when they feed because they are in the wild, and live in a constant state of semi-starvation most of their lives! When man was still in the bush, of course wolves, bears and the like were a threat. These Idahoan hicks can't kill off the native americans anymore (they would if they could) so they are targeting native wildlife. I keep hearing the same old tired arguments..."but wolves are bloodthirsty!" "But you've never lived around wolves!" (ask Jim and Jamie Dutcher). I'm alive today to tell you that I came upon a wolf in the sticks (near my grandparents cabin in Canada) when I was 8 years old, and it didn't do ANYTHING. Of course I stopped dead in my tracks about 7 feet away, its size and appearance of the fur were unlike anything I'd ever seen, the eyes, the presence...I think it was a male but not sure to this day. All I can tell you is given the location knowing it was NOT a dog, omg...when you see a wolf, there is no mistaking it for a dog. Unlike the bastard who shot that man's malamute in Montana recently, how sick, ignorant and extremely sad! In truth, I'd felt more threatened by other people's domestic dogs than the wolf I'd encountered! Not a peep, not a bark, not a whine...it simply turned and left after staring for about 10 sec. Seemed it was more scared of me than I was of it. Luckily, my uncle was a war veteran and survivalist who taught me a practical view of wildlife (and how to handle situations thereof) in general (keep your distance and have a healthy respect for their capabilities as WILD CREATURES who CAN'T HELP the way they are). To all the yahoos claiming to know wildlife better than people like me, I can only chuckle. Better get back to boarding up your windows and doors because those bloodthirsty wolves are going to be at your doorstep soon :P. Give me a break. You display your ignorance so openly and think you can get away with calling others ignorant! Living near wolves isn't a problem for anyone except sport hunters who never finished high school and livestock owners who practice lazy management of their farting, hormone-filled cows, and both do NO GOOD for the land, whereas wolves (and even coyotes) at least have useful places in the ecosystem! I'm not a pie in the sky hippie who thinks wolves can do no wrong, but I am a human being in favor of sustainable coexistence with other creatures on this planet. Even those humans who only take up space :P.
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